Would you ever want to change your face?

Kind of a weird question but read this article first, on this beautification software that was invented, and reported by the NY Times.

The unaltered photo is on the left, and the ‘prettier’ version is on the right.

I think the left photo is more unique and has a more soulful beauty, whereas the right photo is fluffier and more cutesy. But they look like totally different girls except for the hair.

The photograph on the right was doctored by the “beautification engine” of a new computer program that uses a mathematical formula to alter the original form into a theoretically more attractive version, while maintaining what programmers call an “unmistakable similarity” to the original.

The software program, developed by computer scientists in Israel, is based on the responses of 68 men and women, age 25 to 40, from Israel and Germany, who viewed photographs of white male and female faces and picked the most attractive ones.

Scientists took the data and applied an algorithm involving 234 measurements between facial features, including the distances between lips and chin, the forehead and the eyes, or between the eyes.

And here’s the before and after celebrity slideshow.

Here are some choice photos:

I think she’s MUCH prettier as herself with those pouty lips.

He looks the same. WORSE in the second picture actually.

And so does she!

So it gives me hope that this software is not entirely awful by really mangling your face, but wouldn’t this be a bit depressing, especially for impressionable little girls who already have problems loving the way they look?

This one is like you could actually put your photo in there, and see if you ARE beautiful and how far you are from what is considered ‘beautiful’.

However, isn’t beauty just a social norm or perception imposed upon society? At one point in time, fat people were more beautiful. Now it’s skinny and tanned. And now it’s pale and thin. Beauty and the whole idea of what is beautiful seems to change every couple decades or so, and on top of that, some people who are considered beautiful are pretty because of their flaws!

Even with all of my flaws, I can’t imagine my face being any different than it is now. Sure, we all complain about bags under our eyes, or wrinkles, but it makes us,… US and who we are!

What do you think? Would you ever want to change your face?

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